Hours of Operation

Shabolovka Campus, rooms 311 & 5207
Tuesdays, 12:00-17:00 in 311 / Wednesdays, 14:00-18:00 in 5207 / Friday TBA

Skolkovo Campus, room 2.56
Mondays, 12:00-17:30 / Thursdays, 14:00-16:00*  

Skype

Wednesdays, 12:00-17:00*

Skype consultations are available by appointment only. To request a Skype consultation, make an appointment through My.Nes and indicate that you wish to videoconferene with the consultant.

Students without appointments will be seen on a first-come, first-serve basis, pending consultants' availability. To make an appointment, please do so through My.Nes.

*Consultations on Thursdays and Fridays are by appointment only.

About the WCC

  • The Merrill Lynch Writing and Communication Center (WCC) at NES aims to support students in their efforts to become stronger writers and speakers and to assist faculty in integrating written and oral communication into their courses. We are also happy to meet with faculty members who are working on research projects and wish to enhance the quality of their written and oral academic communication. A unique feature of the NES WCC is its commitment to maintaining the highest levels of academic literacy in two languages, English and Russian.

    The services are available only to NES students, alumni, faculty and staff.

  • Mission

    We believe that effective communication is key to academic and professional success, cultural awareness and personal growth.

    The vision of the Center we would like to inculcate in the NES community is that of a place where both beginning and advanced writers and speakers can grow, not a "fix-it-shop" where "weak" students go to correct papers. Following the prevalent principles of writing center pedagogy, the WCC at NES concentrates on the strengths and needs of each learner as evident in her work, so she can have a long-term learning advantage rather than a mere editorial service. In their work, WCC consultants employ the Socratic method of thought-provoking questions to promote critical thinking and to help students become independent, empowered writers and speakers with distinct voices.

  • "The WCC is a great opportunity for NES students to improve their writing and speaking skills. The consultants give feedback after every session and they really help to understand your mistakes." —Vasily, MAE 2014

  • "The WCC is a very efficient and helpful organization to help students improve their speaking and writing skills in English and Russian, and have fun at the same time. The consultants always smile and make me feel at home. It is the ideal place for students who are trying to make themselves better." —Roman, BAE 2016

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